22 Jul 2011

$4.3m paid out in biosecurity compensation payments

3:04 pm on 22 July 2011

The Government has paid $4.3 million in compensation to exporters since 2004 to help ensure their co-operation in combating pests and diseases.

The payments were made by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). There was an additional cost of $100,000 per year to process the claims.

Since 2004, MAF has received 154 claims of compensation, 141 of which were successful.

The claims were paid under the Biosecurity Act for the impact of incursions such as red imported fire ant and asian gypsy moth. The varroa bee parasite accounts for almost half of the claims.

It was first identified in the North Island and has now spread to most of the country.

MAF says the compensation also helps to ensure businesses adhere to controls, which can include restrictions on the movement or disposal of goods.